Sunday, August 26, 2012

Player Profile: Doug Baker

I have two cards of Doug Baker. This one is from 1990 Fleer.

Playing career: Infielder Doug Baker had 108 at bats in his rookie season for the world champion 1984 Tigers, hitting .185. Although he appeared in each of the next six seasons, he never had more than 78 at bats in any of them, though he did pull his lifetime average up to .207.

Where he is now: An instructor for ATH Academy and the Houston Hurricanes.

Interesting stories: Brother of former Blue Jay Dave Baker.

He was 4-feet-11 in his junior year of high school, when he was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance. With medication he grew seven inches that year.

My memories: He is one of the first players I remember who was described as “good field, no hit”.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Doug Bak, ahead of Doug Baker Ecolab, referring to the CEO of the company. Another prominent Doug Baker is the Emergency Department Chief at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dusty Baker.

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